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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tornado: A few memories

I want to get these down before I forget.

I was watching "What Lies Beneath," on TNT starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Unfortunately, the power went out and I missed the last hour or so of the show. Hopefully, it'll be on again because I really want to see that ending.

Our telephone box was ripped from the house and is hanging by a wire. But, the whole time we never lost our phone service.

Our cable TV is still off the air.

As of now, the houses across the street are still without electricity.

All the felled trees on my block felled pointing north.

We had a transistor radio which our pastor gave my mom when she was in the nursing home a year ago this very month. Fortunately, the batteries were still good, as it was our only way to find out what was going on.

Radio talk show host, and Springfield's most beloved liberal (or despised, depending on your point of view), Jim Leach, was on the air, reporting and taking calls, nonstop from before the tornados hit until well into the following evening.

I can't begin to express what a comfort it was to hear his voice throughout this ordeal.

Late Sunday night. My absolute favorite phone call to the radio station was this guy telling how everyone in his neighborhood had come out of their homes right after the tornados passed. He said, in the most sincere voice, "there are black people and white people standing in the street!"

My next favorite phone call was, I believe Monday morning, a representative of the mayor's office explaining that in order to accomplish all the work that needed to be done, the city had been divided into five quadrants.

Must remember to buy new batteries as the old batteries have totally worn down.

Same for candles.

Reports of looting at a furniture store immediately afterwards.

Thinking about buying a generator, but afraid I'd probably electrocute myself hooking it up, so I won't.

Sunday night immediately afterwards: Bright flashes of lights. Is it lightning coming through the clouds? Or, transformers blowing up?

Sunday a little more afterwards: Dark silence. No lights shining from the houses. Very heavy cloud cover. No moon. No stars. No streetlights. No constant buzz of the street lights.

Monday night: A full moon so bright, you could almost read a book outside. No constant buzz of the street lights. Beautiful.

I almost forgot. There was a second wave of tornado warnings (via the radio since the sirens no longer had power to sound) about 2:30 Monday morning. But, nothing happened.

Wednesday night. Our water tastes funny. Not that this should have anything to do with the tornados. Coincidence? I wonder. I hope I don't get sick.

Posted by Marie at March 15, 2006 10:59 PM


"Five quadrants"

Love it.

Posted by: Rob at March 16, 2006 5:28 AM

I am happy that you made it ok and still look at the bright side of everything.

Posted by: Don Ray at March 16, 2006 6:31 AM

One of my favorite phone calls was from a kid asking when the internet would be back online.

Posted by: shoo at March 16, 2006 8:59 AM

Glad you're OK, Marie.

Posted by: ben at March 20, 2006 10:38 AM